Meet The New Council Members: Amaney A. Jamal

Amaney JamalAmaney A. Jamal is the Edward S. Sanford Professor of Politics at Princeton University and director of the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice. Jamal also directs the Workshop on Arab Political Development. She currently is President of the Association of Middle East Women’s Studies (AMEWS). The focus of her current research is democratization and the politics of civic engagement in the Arab world. Her interests also include the study of Muslim and Arab Americans and the pathways that structure their patterns of civic engagement in the U.S. Jamal’s books include Barriers to Democracy, which explores the role of civic associations in promoting democratic effects in the Arab world (winner 2008 APSA Best Book Award in comparative democratization); and, as coauthor, Race and Arab Americans Before and After 9/11: From Invisible Citizens to Visible Subjects (2007) and Citizenship and Crisis: Arab Detroit after 9/11 (2009). Her most recent book Of Empires and Citizens was published by Princeton University Press, Fall 2012. In addition to her role as director of Princeton’s Workshop on Arab Political Development, Jamal is co-principal investigator of the Arab Barometer Project, winner of the Best Dataset in the Field of Comparative Politics( Lijphart/Przeworski/Verba Dataset Award 2010); co-PI of the Detroit Arab American Study, a sister survey to the Detroit Area Study; and senior advisor on the Pew Research Center projects focusing on Islam in America (2006) and Global Islam (2010). Ph.D. University of Michigan (2003). In 2005, Jamal was named a Carnegie Scholar.

Jamal has served on many APSA-related committees. For example, she currently serves on the APSA Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Task Force; she previously served as the Treasurer for the Comparative Democratization section; and she was the Midwest program co-chair in 2012/13. Jamal also serves on the editorial boards of World Politics, Politics and Religion, and the Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies.

Statement of views: As a member of the APSA Council I will work on three important goals. First, I hope to continue to emphasize the importance of methodological pluralism in our field.  Second, I will work with APSA to further ongoing diversification efforts. This involves both substantive diversity as well as special attention to the programs that promote the role of women and min
orities in our field.  And third, I will work with APSA to increase our international profile and think of the best strategies to reach a global audience.

The APSA Nominating Committee met on February 13, 2015, and nominated the slate of officers and council members to serve beginning in fall 2015. The call for nominations was circulated widely among the membership with outreach to APSA committees and organized sections. The nominating committee made its decisions after careful deliberation and due consideration for the diversity of the field and the varied interests of political scientists. There were no additional nominees from the members, and council members and officers were approved in October 2015 by the APSA Council, under its power to fill interim vacancies (APSA Constitution, Article V). APSA welcomes the new council members and other officers to APSA leadership.